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  • School of Performing Arts

    The School of Performing Arts brings together students and faculty who share their passion for the arts and provides opportunities for creativity, scholarship, and real world experience.

    Our dedicated faculty members are seasoned professionals who are deeply connected to the arts community. They are focused on helping students reach their dreams and aspirations and offer extensive professional expertise and networks. The department is extremely influential in the Fargo-Moorhead arts community, through active faculty involvement in professional music and theatre groups. Every year the department sponsors exceptional student performances, nationally recognized visiting artists and several community outreach events.

    Our graduates enjoy rich and varied careers in theatre, music, education and arts industries. The department is a vibrant community of passionate artists who provide immersive and collaborative hands-on learning combined with one-on-one mentorship in the classroom, the studio, on stage, and on- and off-campus performance opportunities.

    Students benefit from a variety of vocal and instrumental ensemble opportunities such as Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Combos, and private lessons for voice, instruments and composition. Students will grow professionally and personally through involvement in the University Theatre Series and The Straw Hat Players.

    The School of Performing Arts honors tradition while embracing innovation to deliver rigorous and progressive programs that help our students realize their potential as passionate leaders in their creative work and to develop their talents into a career—and life—in the world of the arts.

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  • Choirs Welcome All Majors with No Audition

    All students are invited to join choir at MSUM. Festival Men’s Choir (M/W, 3-3:50) and Festival Women’s Choir (T/Th, 3-3:50) are offered to students from any major. No audition is required.  Register for MUS 328 (sections 01 or 02). These ensembles are offered for 1 credit. Questions: erynn.millard@mnstate.edu or stop by CA 107.

    Terrie Manno Presents Papers in Scotland

    Terrie Manno (SPA Music Department) presented two papers at the International Society of Music Education conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Her recent work on the neurological processes of learning and performing music resulted in a presentation with Dr. Michael Dean (Oklahoma Baptist University) titled Strengthening Mental Focus.  In addition, she presented her complimentary project titled Narrowing […]

    Manno’s Article Published in ‘The Piano Magazine’

    Terrie Manno’s article, titled “What are they thinking? The key to your students’ best performances” has been published in the May/June 2016 edition of Clavier Companion, “The Piano Magazine.” Her thesis is that music students perform more successfully when they have developed and practiced mental thought streams that they link and sync to the physical […]

    MSUM Alum Pat McDonough Retires

    Pat McDonough, B.A. Theatre, 1964, has retired for the second (and last) time in a 52 year career. Having retired as Professor Emeritus at Cal State Long Beach in 2005, he became the founding VP for Academic Affairs at a brand new, private, single subject graduate school in Bethlehem, Pa. For 11 years he was […]

    An Evening of Dance

    Tuesday, May 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre The Theatre Department presents “An Evening of Dance” on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre. This annual showcase features  the work of MSUM student dancers and choreographers, and includes ballet, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre styles and tap. Tickets are $7 for adults […]

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